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Last night I got told off by Dad for dragging about a million sticks into the sett. He got really cross and then made me drag them all back out again! It might sound a crazy thing to do, but I’d just been looking at the gallery of nests on the website, and I started wondering what it would be like to be a bird and live in a nest. Would it be comfy sleeping amongst all those sticks? I thought the only way to find out was to build my very own nest in my bedroom. Unfortunately, Dad wasn’t happy about it at all, he said it was really messy, so this morning I have built a nest outside instead. It was very difficult to get all the sticks to stay together, I don’t know how the birds do it with just a beak to help them. Here is a picture of my attempt. I put some moss in the middle to make it look a bit softer, and added some pebbles to look like eggs. I don’t think I’ll try to sleep in it. Have you ever tried to build a nest? It’s quite fun, you should try it.

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Wow this lovely spring sunshine has brought out the flowers. There are several clumps of primroses growing along the edge of the ditch and they are all out in flower. I’m going to look for cowslips now because they are one of my favourites.

I might even have a go at the spring flowers spotting sheet this week. Have you seen any interesting spring flowers where you live?

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I’m sitting in the sunshine, drying off after my quick dip in the river. I don’t usually venture into rivers, but it was quite unavoidable because I’ve just seen one of nature’s greatest spectacles and it was messy! A huge flock of starlings has just been swirling around overhead. Swooping, diving and dodging, like a swarm of speeding bees. It was incredible. They were so close I could hear the wind as it rushed past their wings, and there were so many of them that it was impossible to count them all. I thought there were maybe a billion of them, Dad said that it was probably about 1,000, but still, 1,000 starlings all at once!! It was magical, one of the best things I have ever seen.

There was just one problem though….. the poo! Unfortunately I was underneath the murmuration (that’s the special name for these huge flocks of starlings) as it swirled around, and it wasn’t very pleasant. In fact I think we should call murmurations ‘bird clouds’ because they look a bit like clouds and it was definitely raining underneath it. It was raining poo! Splat, splat all around me, and on my back and my ear too. Yuck! I was covered in it! That’s why Dad made me go in the river. Even so, I’d love to see another one, but next time I’ll try to stand under a tree.

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It’s still freezing cold here so I’ve been spending more time than usual in my sett. When will spring arrive? I’ve curled myself up and snuggled down into a cosy corner of my sett and I’m going to have a nice long sleep. Maybe it will have warmed up by the time I wake up.

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It has been a great week for birds. There was a long tailed tit near my sett this morning, and I saw a nuthatch and a wren yesterday. The pheasants have been stalking up and down quite regularly too, along with a fluttering group of sparrows, a few chaffinches and one or two blue tits. I’m keeping a record of every bird I see this year. I wonder how many species I’ll have spotted by December?

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